10 day 4WD Camping Expedition (Adelaide to Alice Springs)

//10 day 4WD Camping Expedition (Adelaide to Alice Springs)

10 day 4WD Camping Expedition (Adelaide to Alice Springs)

$1,595.00

This is your once in a lifetime chance to experience the real Outback of Central Australia – the opportunity to go where others only dream of going!  Travelling in a 4WD for 10 days from Adelaide to Alice Springs offers you the freedom to experience the outback like no other tour company can, leaving you with memories impossible to forget for the rest of your life!

 

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DAY 1 ~ Adelaide to Flinders Ranges

Our epic journey departs Adelaide and heads north visiting coastal villages with their rich maritime history. By lunch time we are in the Flinders Ranges; one of oldest mountain ranges on earth. Walk through Mambray Creek National Park, where you have spectacular views of the mountains and Spencer Gulf. Enjoy lunch surrounded by towering peaks that are as old as time itself. Kangaroos and emus are abundant in this area. Travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass to the classic old township of Quorn, which was once the start of the original Ghan Railway.

Head out on the dirt tracks and search for the rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies at Warren Gorge Conservation Park before settling in to a wholesome camp-cooked meal. Roll out your swags (Australian Bedrolls) and sleep happy and contented under millions of stars. These camping spots are normally in pristine wilderness and remote areas, which will make your experience even more special. Tents are provided for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.  (L,D)

Flush toilets available during the day
Night 1 ~ Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water.

DAY 2 ~ Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound & the Northern Flinders

Today we visit an Aboriginal ceremonial site, where you will see rock art dating back thousands of years. Continue to Wilpena Pound for a beautiful bush walk with magnificent views of this amazing natural amphitheatre, one of the unique wonders of the world. Lunch is in the heart of Wilpena Pound, followed by an awe-inspiring drive along the northern side of Wilpena through the famous Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges known as the ‘Corridors Through Time’. This spectacular journey will show you 900 million years of geological history where you will see fossils dating back to the beginning of life on earth. (B,L,D)

Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 2 ~ Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water

DAY 3 ~ Oodnadatta Track to Marree & Dingo Fence

Leave the splendour of the rugged mountain scenery and travel north into the outback of Australia. At Lyndhurst we begin our epic journey up the famous Oodnadatta Track, following the historic route of the Cameleers and the Old Ghan Railway.At Marree we explore this remote outback town which is also the beginning of the famous Birdsville Track. This area has a rich history of Aboriginal culture and pioneering settlements, including many ghost towns.

Cross the Dingo Fence which is the longest man made fence in the world. This helps to keep the wild dogs up north away from the sheep stations further down. Check out Lake Eyre South, which is approximately 11m below sea level. The Lake Eyre Basin is approximately the size of Belgium. Visit thermal springs that have been the lifeblood of this arid land for centuries. (B,L,D)

Showers and Flush toilets available at Lunch time. 
Night 3 ~ Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

DAY 4 – Coober Pedy – Anna Creek Station, Moon Plains & Painted Desert

In the morning, visit the remote and unique William Creek Pub, population currently 6. Then travel through Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in Australia! Arriving at Coober Pedy, the opal mining capital of the world, go underground on a mine tour and watch an opal cutting display. You will have the opportunity to purchase this rare gemstone direct from the mine. Meet the locals who live in houses under the ground in one of the most arid landscapes in the world. We now venture out into the real outback to the Painted Desert and camp amongst the beautiful Arckaringa Hills. No bus tours out here mate! (B,L,D)

Showers and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 4 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

DAY 5 – Simpson Desert – Oodnadatta & Red Sand Hills

Continue our 4WD expedition to the Pink Roadhouse at Oodnadatta, the last sign of civilisation before heading out into the Simpson Desert. Oodnadatta has Australia’s first Royal Flying Doctor Clinic which is still operating. Later in the day continue into the remote outback of South Australia, crossing the red sand hills of the Simpson Desert.  (B,L,D)

WINTER: Soak the night away in a desert oasis at Dalhousie Hot Springs where the thermal water bubbles up from the Great Artisan Basin at approximately 32°C.
SUMMER: Head to Eringa Waterhole and Mt Dare.

Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 5 WINTER: Bush camp near hot spring, shower and drop toilet available.
SUMMER: Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

DAY 6 – The Geographical Centre of the Australian Continent

Mount Dare, Finke Aboriginal Community & Lambert Centre Further into the desert we go to Mount Dare, an old outback cattle station to re-fuel and stock up on supplies. Onto Finke, a traditional Aboriginal community (Note: this is not a tourist area, respect and privacy are required). Then it is onto Lambert Centre, the geographical centre of the Australia. We are the ONLY  company to take our intrepid travellers to experience this incredibly remote outback area.

Spend the afternoon travelling into the heart of Central Australia, exploring this unique and diverse land, which is alive with desert animals of all types. (B,L,D)

Showers and flush toilets available at Mount Dare.
Night 6 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

DAY 7 – Uluru – Base walk, Cultural Centre & Sunset at The Rock

An exciting morning heading to Uluru. Spend time at the cultural centre where we can relax and learn the ways and listen to stories of the Anangu through displays and educational information. Join our guided walk around the base of Uluru which introduces you to the traditional food sources and spirituality of this area. Witness sunset over this ancient monolith with your small group of fellow adventurers. (B,L,D)

Night 7 – Camp at Yulara camp ground, full facilities.

DAY 8 – Sunrise over Uluru – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) & Valley of the Winds walk

Sunrise at Uluru then head out to another sacred area for the Anangu and hike through the spectacular canyons and rock formations of Kata Tjuta/ The Olga’s. Learn about some of the bush tucker that grows in the area and photograph some of the most beautiful scenery the desert has to offer. After lunch we travel north towards Watarrka National Park and set up camp in the red sand hills protected by the majestic desert oak trees. (B,L,D)

Showers and flush toilets available in the morning at Yulara.
Night 8 – Bush camp, prepare our own toilet, no running water.

DAY 9 – Kings Canyon – Watarrka National Park & 4 Hour Rim walk

Regarded as one of the most rewarding walks of the tour, we spend approximately four hours exploring Kings Canyon. Trek to places like the Amphitheater and the Lost City in this land of the Luritja Aboriginal people. Take time and soak up this ancient and special area. In the afternoon, continue north west through more red desert sand dunes covered with an amazing diversity of native flora. Pass the huge comet crater at Gosses Bluff and perhaps find the elusive Thorny Devil which survive in this arid land. Set up camp in the magnificent Western MacDonnell Ranges. (B,L,D)

Shower and flush toilets available at lunch time.
Night 9 – Bush camp, drop toilet, no running water.

DAY 10 – Western MacDonnell Ranges – Swim, Laugh, Explore, Alice Springs

Stop and say g’day to the outbush folks at Glen Helen then onto Ormiston Gorge. We will be able to swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole or Simpson Gap before entering Alice Springs at around 5.00pm. Then get cleaned up, and hit the town with your new Heading Bush mates!. These last ten days together, sharing this unique experience will leave you with a great sense of achievement, fulfillment and new friends for life.

This is a tour into the sometimes unpredictable outback of Australia. Passengers need to bring an easy going outlook and a willingness to assist the tour guide at times. Advertised itineraries may vary due to circumstances beyond our control. No refund will be offered if we are unable to achieve all locations within the itinerary.

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Additional information

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

Departs:

From Adelaide City Accommodation at 6:00am on the first Monday of each month.

Arrives:

Alice Springs on day 10 at approximately 6:00pm

Accommodation:

Bush camping in a Swag around the campfire

Upgrades:

Not available

Additional Levies:

$200 local payment to local Aboriginal Communities

Optional Activities:

None

Group Size

Maximum of 13 guests

Vehicle:

Custom made 4WD Truck

Luggage Restrictions:

Due to limited space on the vehicle, please restrict luggage to a day pack and one soft overnight bag or backpack to a maximum 15 kilogrammes.

Excess luggage can be sent to Alice Springs via Greyhound Freight (charges apply) – Contact Telephone 1300 656 532

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts / 10 Lunches / 9 Dinners
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they inform Travel Forever at the time of booking. Food for this tour is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself.

Fitness Level:

Good level of fitness is required. Expect adventure, challenges, longer hikes up to 8 hours, swims and at times rough 4WD roads.

What to bring:

On all tours we recommend you bring…
A broad-brimmed sun hat
Good walking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking over rocky terrain
Fitted shoes for walking in water
Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is ideal)
Swimmers & towel
Personal water bottle (1 litre recommended)
Sunscreen
Sleeping bag (available for purchase $30 – can be kept or donated to local communities after your tour)
A pillow (if you have your favourite)

We recommend you also bring…
Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
Towels – shower and swimming
Personal toiletries & medication – please choose environmentally-friendly toiletries so as to minimise chemical residue in waterways!
Insect Repellent
Ear Plugs – you never know when you might need these!

General Information:

We use minimal facility campgrounds and bush camps (no facilities). The tour is designed as backpacker tour with plenty of adventure. It will be hot; it will be dusty…and, it will be unbelievable. This is an outback adventure tour…not a luxury coach tour.

This tour is ‘Participatory’ which means the groups rally together and assist the guide – our program is designed to foster a ’group of friends’ dynamic as everyone works together to make it all happen, alongside the leadership of an experienced Tour Guide. This not only makes for a fun adventure shared with like-minded travellers, but also enables us to provide affordable travel options in the Northern Territory.

It is important that travellers participate in setting up camp, though the Tour Guide will also be on hand to help – it is a team effort! Your Guide will always appreciate the assistance of one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals.

Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Insurance:

Travel insurance is definitely recommended for all tours reserved through Travel Forever.

As we are travelling in a remote area, you should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment of travel and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of unseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforeseeable tour cancellations.

Travel Forever can assist you with the purchase of Travel Insurance or, if you are coming from Overseas, we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through an Insurance Company in your home country.

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